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Advice from dad and important tips for men that you wish your dad had shared with you as a kid!
  • Gift giving sounds simple on the surface, but it’s rarely simple at all. That’s especially the case if you’re shopping for the man in your life. Honestly, we aren't that hard to shop for and most of us are actually pretty straight forward and simple with what we want. That being said though, if you want to make us really happy, here's some gift ideas for dad that you might consider...

  • Revving up for the purchase of a new truck or car is an exciting task, whether you're looking at car-lot-new or driven-before-new. Make sure you're just as happy about your purchase after you've paid for the truck as you are in the days before your purchase. Do this by following some important tips from automobile and financial experts.

  • The BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California (Palm Springs) is one of my favorite places to visit. It's an interesting experience that sits in a great middle ground between a "racing school" and an "exotic driving experience". While those two ends of the spectrum tend to dominate this space, on both of my visits to the Performance Center I've found that their staff and facilities scales well to what the client wants and needs to learn. What I like about this approach is that your takeaways will be far more valuable than simply a a big smile on your face. These are skills that will ultimately make you a better driver and a better man.

  • The flavor of fire grilled meat is a primal experience that goes back thousands of years. Man has been drawn to the delicious char and juices dripping from a perfectly cooked piece of meat since the first time he tried it. Thankfully this is a skill that continues to be passed down though thousands of generations of men and that continues today in backyards across America! Unfortunately it isn't something that just anyone can do properly. You need to equip yourself with a few basic skills. Just like any other craft, technicalities of the process have to be carefully mastered.

  • Getting your teen prepared to drive is a challenge that is also an exciting right of passage for many families. It's a tough time where you are simultaneously needing to train them on an important skill but also providing them with freedom beyond the boundaries of your home and local community. Quite literally this is an important situation that is a matter of life and death so it's critical that you make the right choices. Here's some advice to help make things easier for both of you.

  • Fishing is a great mixture of pastime, sport, interest, hobby, art, and science. Historically it is also an important skill that is critical to the survival of your family and a way for men to show that they possess the necessary talents to be considered a man. It is a peaceful thing to experience, something you can take pride in, and also something you can engage in to get away from the hardships of the world for a few hours. Today though, we can buy food from the market and fishing is more of just a healthy activity and way to spend some time on the water with clean fresh air. It is something that can be enjoyed by many no matter their age, gender, or career. Not only that, but there is a real skill to fishing. Easy to learn, hard to master is often the best phrase to use for this.

  • I love visiting Mexico, no not just the tourist spots – but going off the beaten path, trying local food and visiting local merchants. While most people in Mexico speak enough English to make this possible, knowing Spanish better would make my travels cheaper, easier, and safer. That’s why I was excited to partner with Babbel to test out their service and hopefully improve my Spanish to the point where I no longer feel like I need to have a friend with me to help translate.

  • There’s nothing quite like the feeling of owning a car. These machines are a prime example of what we’re capable of building and that in itself is incredibly manly. Imagine driving across the country with the top down and the sun in your face, a feeling of utter freedom as you feel the engine vibrations intensify with every bit of pressure you add to the accelerator pedal.

  • Canada has a reputation for being overly polite and welcoming to outsiders. For the most part that's an accurate assessment but there are some things that any visitor to the country needs to know before traveling there.

  • I get a lot of package shipments - so many that I know my FedEx and UPS delivery people by name and they even wave to me on the street. Generally speaking, these guys are all top notch individuals. That makes it that much more frustrating though when I see a message that a package has been delivered and then I get to my door and it's not there anymore. Package theft is simply a fact of life these days and there's not much you can do to prevent the act, but there are some things you can do to make it less likely. Here's what I've done to keep my packages safe.

  • The lawn of many properties tends to be the pride and joy of the man in the house. That is why lawn care has become more of a manly work of art, and one that quite often has neighbors competing against each other.

  • Embarking on an adventure is one of the most exciting feelings ever. You might be thinking of the way to capture your trip, as you’re planning it. There are so many boring travel photos wrapped all over your Instagram homepage, but you want to make a travel video that can truly capture your memories.

  • I was lucky. My parents saved up for me to go to college and I had help from my grandparents, too. Now that I’m faced with looking at getting a Master’s degree, the situation is different. I have little cash available, so graduate school loans are something I’m looking at to help me take the next step with my education.

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  • Energy Drinks have all but replaced coffee as the “go to drink” for a pick me up. Unfortunately, while the race for the ultimate power boost has been going on for a while – some brands are pushing limits a bit too far. That mean’s it’s up to you to know your limits, do your research, and understand what your body can handle.

  • DNA testing is one of the most interesting discoveries of the last 100 years. It’s helped solve crimes, identify historical figures and tell us much more about diseases and how to cure them. As it has become more accessible, it’s also telling us much more about our family histories. We’ve all seen Who Do You Think You Are? and is becoming easier and easier to ask yourself that very question.

  • As we grow older it can be more and more difficult to find the perfect gift. Think of it this way, when you were a kid - your mom LOVED that macaroni necklace you made for her in school... as a 40-year-old man that gift loses it's luster. Sure, you still buy a coffee mug that says #1 Mom" but anyone can get that too. Let's kick things up a notch and look for something truly special. For instance - gifts that provides an experience, an opportunity to explore, or something that will bring back happy memories.

  • Bass fishing is one of the most popular activities in the United States. Over time it has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, with thousands of people enjoying it each year. If you’re one of them, there’s probably one question that you have above all else – how can you catch more bass? Bass fishing may look easy to those who have never done it, but there’s a lot of thought and technique that goes into it.

  • Are you looking for a new travel destination this summer? While there's something to be said for tradition, the excitement of trying something new can make things a lot of fun. With the world we live in today, there are so many options all around the world, so here's some tips to help you find somewhere new and exciting to explore this summer!

  • Years ago I was purchasing a new PC every two to three years. Issues such as hard drive wear and tear as well as speed were never an issue. Today though, I rarely use my desktop for high-end 3D games since Lenovo sent a great laptop that takes care of that for me. However, my now 8 year old desktop (designed for Windows 7 but running Windows 10) is slow booting, slow a memory caching, and generally I'm concerned about the hard drives ultimately failing. Both of my laptops use SSDs for the primary system drive and so I thought... maybe that's a way to extend the life of my desktop too. The folks at Kingston were interested in the results too and so they sent me their UV 500 SSD to try out.

  • One of my goals for 2019 is to avoid unnecessary stress and focus on working smarter not harder when it comes to things that impact my health and happiness. One of the big challenges with that is frequent heartburn since my life involves often unavoidable stress and frankly, I don’t want to give up some of my favorite foods. Luckily, this year I’m working with Prilosec OTC and together we’re ready to tackle anything that might be coming our way.

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